National Memorial Day Parade Details
Monday, May 29, 2017
All parade participants should report to the SAR unit's assembly site no later than 12:45 p.m. The two vehicles authorized for the SAR unit must be in place between 11:30 a.m. and Noon be entering the assembly area at 7th & Independence Avenue, SW.
The SAR unit's assembly site is on the east (or Capitol) side of 7th Street, N.W., on the National Mall, approximately 100 feet south of the intersection of Madison Drive and 7th Street, N.W.
RELEASE FORM: If you have not already sent this to Mike Elston, you must do so ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org. No one who has failed to submit a release form will be allowed to march in the parade. (ink to form Form here)
DRESS: You must either be in color guard uniform or blue blazers/khaki pants. Camp followers must be in colonial period dress. A number of the blue blazer set wear straw hats. Hats are recommended, as we will be outside for several hours!
BRING WATER! It may be warm on May 29th in Washington (the forecast high is currently 82 degrees and partly cloudy with only a 20% chance of rain), and you need to hydrate. There are usually portable johns near the assembly site. Bring a snack! Remember any necessary medication! Please keep in mind that you will be out in the sun for several hours.
The parade steps off at 2:00 p.m. The reviewing stand and cameras are at the beginning of the route as we turn on to Constitution Avenue. But we must conduct ourselves with decorum for the length of the parade, always remembering that we represent the SAR. The parade will stop completely and there will be three minutes of silence at 3:00 p.m. to honor the men and women who have died for our country. We are usually near the end of the parade route when this occurs; in 2015, we had already finished.
The National Memorial Day Parade medal will be awarded to all participants who have not already received the medal. The full size medal is free; the miniature is $10 (please bring exact change).
PARKING: Parade officials recommend the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center (entrance on 14th Street near Constitution Avenue). This is close to the end of the parade and the Federal Triangle Metro station, but keep in mind that it is a seven-block walk from the parade assembly site.
WEAPONS: We strongly recommend that you NOT bring muskets. This has been a problem for our members in past years. If you do bring your musket, please note that all weapons must be COMPLETELY INOPERABLE. That means "100% inoperable and 100% not readily converted to fire." All weapons must be inspected and approved at the weapons inspection tent at the southwest corner of 7th & Madison Drive NW. If you remove firing mechanisms, do not have them in your car even if you leave your car on the Virginia side of the river (the police will ask).
Michael J. Elston
Virginia Sons of the American Revolution
Link to Necessary Release Form here.
Link to online form here.
23 Jun 2017 President Lincoln's Cottage, Washington, DC
Today was a special day for 20 new young citizens and their families. In a special Naturalization Ceremony, at President Lincoln's Cottage on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Northeast DC, these 20 young men and women became citizens of our great country. The Virginia SAR presented the colors and posed for many pictures with the new citizens and their families. To honor the location each new citizen was given a Lincoln top hat. The Virginia Color Guardsmen who participated represented three chapters Colonel William Grayson, Culpeper Minutemen, and Fairfax Resolves. The ceremony was covered by NBC4 of Washington, D.C.
9 May 2017 Sully Historic Site, Chantilly, VA
With the Sully Historic site as a background a group of new young citizens took the Oath of Allegiance and became US Citizens. The Fairfax Resolves Chapter Color Guard helped celebrate the occasion by presenting the colors and posing for pictures with the new citizens and their families.
Menokin, the home of Declaration of Independence signer Francis Lightfoot Lee, is undergoing a unique renovation. It will be partly restored, and the rest will be enclosed in steel supported glass. The structure is currently protected by a large steel cover, that will be removed when the restoration is completed.
The ceremony today was conducted by Rappahannock Chapter President Carl Strock, in conjunction with the Henricopolus Chapter, NSDAR.
The Virginia SAR was represented by President Mike Elston, who was the keynote speaker, and members of six chapters: Col Fielding Lewis, Culpeper Minutemen, George Washington, James Monroe, Rappahannock, and Thomas Jefferson. Three members of the Virginia SAR Color Guard also participated in the ceremony. Compatriot Will Elston also represented the C.A.R. as the Virginia State Historian.
Also during the ceremony President Mike Elston presented the Military Service Medal to Gregory Burkett for his service in the Navy, and the War Service Medal to Carl Strock, who began in the Army as a Private and retired as a Lieutenant General, having served in combat in Panama, Grenada, Iraq, Kosovo, and the Global War on Terrorism.
After the ceremony light refreshments were served and a tour of the restoration work at Menokin was conducted.